Bubbles are amazing. They seem to make any drink (or bath) more fun, more refreshing. Ever wish you could carbonate your whiskey, or wine, or mixed drink without diluting it with watery, zero-percent-alcohol liquid? The Perlini System by Perlage was built to do just that. Oh hell yes.
It's Friday afternoon, you've made it through the long week, and it's time for Happy Hour, Gizmodo's weekly booze column. A cocktail shaker full of innovation, science, and alcohol. Bubble, bubble, toil, and trouble... on the rocks.
What Is It?
It's a CO2 powered-system designed to carbonate alcoholic drinks. Everyone loves Soda Stream, but the company explicitly says to only use it with water because the straw will clog. The Perlini has no such limitations.
It comes in a metal case that makes you feel sexy and dangerous. The system inside is simple. It has a large Lexan bottle that acts as your shaker/strainer/bubble-infuser, a little infusing wand, and a dozen CO2 cartridges that look like specialty bullets—you'll feel like a hitman gunning for people's livers.
It's pretty easy to use. You mix the cocktail in the clear shaker, add ice (or use pre-chilled liquids), and seal it. Then you push the wand into the valve, press the button, and hold it for about 10 seconds or until it stops filling. Then shake the hell out of it for about ten seconds (yes, even for drinks you normally wouldn't shake, I know, I know... ). Let it rest for about 30 seconds, then slowly open the lid, a little at a time to prevent foaming (see video), and then pour it into a glass through the built-in strainer. Done.